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University of Mississippi
Ole Miss

The story began in 1848 when The University of Mississippi – the flagship university of the state – opened its doors to its first 80 students. The research extensive, doctoral degree-granting University now has nine academic divisions on its main campus: College of Liberal Arts; the Schools of Accountancy, Applied Sciences, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Pharmacy, and Law; and the Graduate School.

University of Mississippi
Medical Center

The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson is the health sciences campus of the University of Mississippi. The Medical Center opened in 1955, but its beginnings date to 1903 when a two-year medical school was established on the parent campus in Oxford.



Tupelo is truly Mississippi's "All America City." It's the place to go for small town friendliness and big city attractions. Situated in the heart of the Mid-South, cradled amid the gentle rolling hills of Northeast Mississippi.

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo January 8, 1935.

Elvis' Birthplace

The home was built by Elvis's father, Vernon Presley, for $180 borrowed for materials. Even after achieving worldwide fame, Elvis occasionally returned to the house to revisit his humble origins.

Swampland near Tupelo

The Civil War

The Lower Mississippi River Valley was the most critical theater of the Civil War. The Mississippi River served as the major interstate highway of 19th-century America. The river enabled people to transport goods from St. Louis and Pittsburgh through New Orleans to the world.

Vicksburg National Military Park

Vicksburg National Military Park was established to commemorate one of the most decisive battles of the American Civil War, the campaign, siege and defense of Vicksburg. It exists as a lasting memorial to the soldiers and civilians that suffered through the widespread tragedy and conflict of the Civil War.


Downtown Vicksburg

Vicksburg lies on bluffs overlooking the junction of the Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers. As a major battle site of the Civil War, the city was nearly destroyed. A national military park and a number of restored antebellum houses reflect the city's southern heritage.


The site where Coke was first bottled in 1894 is now the Biedenharn Candy Company Museum, Vicksburg, MS. Housed in the original building where Mr. Biedenharn performed his remarkable deed, the museum features a reproduction of the bottling works, a working 1900s soda fountain, and a special "Christmas and Coca-Cola" wing. Coke is my favorite soft drink. I wonder if they hand out free samples?

The Old Vicksburg Mississippi River Bridge

The old Highway 80 bridge over the Mississippi River at Vicksburg is now closed to vehicular traffic although the railroad still uses it. It is so narrow that big cargo trailers routinely had to rub tires on the siderails and then only cleared each other by inches. This often happened at speeds that made being anywhere close to them dangerous. The towboats have to shoot two sets of piers (the old bridge and the new I-20 bridge next door).

Blue Gray Naval Museum

The world's largest collection of Civil War gunboat models. The only diorama of the Siege of Vicksburg, with 2,500 miniature soldiers depicting the battle. A "Life on the River Exhibit" with models of steam boats and modern tow boats and "The Mississippians Exhibit" displaying naval vessels with names connected to Mississippi.

Mississippi Queen

Launched for America’s Bicentennial in 1976, the Mississippi Queen was the grandest, largest paddlewheeler the river had ever seen. Stroll her richly appointed rooms, become bedazzled by her Tiffany Studios stained glass and succumb to the call of the world’s largest calliope. Boy I would love to spend a couple of weeks on her.

This lovely river lady offers the most elegant of river accommodations with the modern amenities expected by today’s sophisticated traveler. Every stateroom is individually climate-controlled and elevators connect her six luxurious decks. Night or day, there’s always something going on in the Grand Saloon.

John C. Stennis Space Center

The John C. Stennis Space Center (SSC) in South Mississippi is one of ten NASA field centers in the United States. It is NASA's primary center for testing and flight certifying rocket propulsion systems for the Space Shuttle and future generations of space vehicles. Because of its important role in engine testing for four decades, Stennis Space Center has been designated NASA's Center of Excellence for rocket propulsion testing.

Stennis Space Center tests all Space Shuttle Main Engines. These high-performance, liquid-fueled engines provide most of the total impulse needed during the shuttle's eight and one-half-minute-flight to orbit.